Jeffrey Copeland needs to be promoted to district superintendent!
Riddle me this: What black educator would take a job with the Madison Metropolitan School District after it dragged Jeffrey Copeland through the muck? Why would any disciplinarian remain at MMSD?
Are we supposed to rejoice that the board of education 12-02-22 unfired the principal of Sennett middle school? How generous! What tender mercies! After three months of banishment and besmirched reputation, Principal Copeland must endure further punishment.
• A letter of reprimand in his P file.
• Docked three weeks pay.
• And most humiliating of all — forced to endure re-education camp. Or, as the district calls it, “undergo professional development.”
Who administers this “professional development”? Probably some recent critical race theory graduate. And for what? For questioning whether the district hires based on superficial identity characteristics rather than teaching competency. That is what it comes down to: identity politics. Jeffrey Copeland called them on it and he is being punished for it.
Re-education? For an educator who, for 27 years, served as interim principal, lead administrator, leadership support specialist, instructional leader, asst. principal, and educator in an urban K-12 environment. A doctorate in education.
Copeland had backbone
The teachers at Sennett spent all summer coming up with policies to improve behavior at the school. But Copeland had the “backbone” to enforce them, [the teacher] said. He commanded respect from students when they talked with both staff and parents. … He enforced a bathroom escort policy and the school’s dress code. … Copeland was also firm on the school’s cellphone policy, even though parents didn’t like it.
“It’s just been many years since we had an administrator who was willing to take on that fight.”— Wisconsin State Journal
Blaska’s Bottom Line: As with Mr. Rob at Whitehorse, as with the black security guard fired at West high school (even the singer Cher thought it was ridiculous): Message Sent and Received. Accost the wrong student in the hallway, say the wrong thing — you better post your resumé online because the Board of Inquisition will ruin you if it can.